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Beware the eye of the investor

Investors are placing unsustainable supply chain practices under increasing scrutiny. Foodservice companies should take note, says ShareAction’s Mara Lilley.  Why should companies pay attention to sustainability? Some businesses might consider it a luxury to operate in a way that causes minimal damage to the planet and its communities – nice if you can afford it,…
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Is foodservice ahead on gender equality?

Britain’s boardrooms need more women but the foodservice sector is well ahead on gender equality, argues CH&Co Group's Caroline Fry. I was interested to read the recent Lord Davies recommendations about ensuring that the boards of FTSE 350 companies are at least one-third women by 2020. It got me thinking about the past 24 years…
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The power of plant-based protein

Humans need protein in order to survive, but there has to be a change in the way we currently produce and consume it if we are to protect our environment and our health, says Forum for the Future’s Simon Billing. With the launch of the government’s Eatwell Guide last week, protein is once again in…
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Everyone’s cup of tea

Confusion over carrier bags shows that a universal charge on paper cups is the best way to cut waste. One of the most remarkable features of the way in which the carrier bag charge was introduced in England was the government’s insistence that small retailers be exempt. This was despite repeated requests from the Association of…
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Foodservice needs to step up on responsible soy

Soy may be a hidden ingredient but companies have started to see the light and commit to sourcing responsibly, says Emma Keller. High in protein and energy, soy is one of agriculture’s “wonder crops” and is a key part of our global food chain. However, in recent years it has undergone the greatest expansion of any…
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Is Britain lagging behind when it comes to sustainable diets?

A growing number of countries are thinking green when it comes to their dietary guidelines, and Britain needs to follow their lead. As world leaders prepare for vitally important climate change negotiations in Paris at the end of the year, it’s good to see countries increasingly recognising the huge impact that our eating habits have for…
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